Policies and concordats for awardees

This section outlines selected policies and concordats that are relevant to our award holders, which should be read in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions of your award.

Please visit the webpage for your scheme to download the latest version of the Terms and Conditions for your award.

Relevant concordat

Concordat on Openness on Animal Research

This Concordat outlines best practise for being more open about animal research. The four commitments that signatories make are to: be clear about when, how and why animals are used in research; enhance communications with the media and the public about research using animals; be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals; and report on progress annually and share experiences.

Please read the grant holder brief to find out how our commitments as signatories of the Concordat affect your AMS award.

San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment

The Academy is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA) and our Panel members and peer reviewers are requested not to use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles. In your application, we ask you to highlight three of your publications and outline their significance and your role in these studies. This question is intended to promote thorough consideration of the content of a publication or other research output, rather than the impact factor of the journal it is published in.

For more information on the concordats we support, please visit our concordats page.

Relevant policy

Open Access policy            

The Academy’s mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. We believe that unrestricted online access to scientific publications for all - Open Access (OA) - supports this ambition. Awardees are required to: 

  • Ensure that peer-reviewed, original research publications are available immediately upon publication, if possible, or otherwise within six months of the publication date on Europe PMC, through utilising either a Gold or Green route to OA. For more information on journal Open Access routes, visit the Europe PMC website and the RoMEO Journals database. Log in details will be sent to all award holders so that they are able to deposit a manuscript via Europe PMC plus.
  • Many academic journals will make a published article OA if an article processing charge (APC) is paid. While the Academy will not fund APC fees separately from our research award, applicants may cost APC fees in their grant applications and where a publication has been funded wholly by the Academy of Medical Sciences, underspend on an AMS grant may also be used to meet the cost.
  • Where possible, awardees should seek to retain copyright.  Adopting a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license is recommended as it enables re-use of publications via text- and data-mining.

Certain award holders may be able to use the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) to pay for APC fees. To qualify as eligible, your award must be based in one of the 36 eligible institutions and your award must have been co-funded by one of the seven partner charities (currently, Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, Breast Cancer Now, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and the Wellcome Trust).

Please read the Academy’s Open Access policy for more information on what we require from our awardees with regards to OA.

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